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ONTARIO SUPPORTING RURAL EDUCATION IN LEEDS AND GRENVILLE

ONTARIO SUPPORTING RURAL EDUCATION IN LEEDS AND GRENVILLE

UPPER CANADA BOARD PROVIDED WITH HIGHER FUNDING THAN REPORTED

BROCKVILLE — The Upper Canada District School Board (UCDSB) will receive over $342 million for the 2019-2020 school year, reports Steve Clark, MPP for Leeds-Grenville-Thousand Islands and Rideau Lakes.

Clark said this investment marks an increase of $927,495 compared to the previous year’s funding and noted the government’s 2019-2020 Grants for Student Needs (GSN) allocation to UCDSB represents the largest allocation in the board’s history.

“The board should be very pleased with an increased GSN allocation this year, particularly in light of their declining enrollment. As a result, our government is allocating more funding per student in UCDSB,” said Clark. “It’s disappointing the board did not wait for complete numbers before going to the media and engaging in fear-mongering tactics.”

The following grants are projected to increase for UCDSB in 2019-2020:

  • School Foundation Grant, increasing to $24,536,114.
  • Special Education Grant, increasing to $40,579,546.
  • Language Grant, increasing to $6,407,870.
  • Indigenous Education Grant, increasing to $4,999,841.
  • Geographic Circumstances Grant, increasing to $2,707,196.
  • Safe and Accepting Schools Supplement, increasing to $610,144.
  • Continuing Education and Other Programs Grant, increasing to $2,615,929.
  • Cost Adjustment and Teacher Qualifications and Experience Grant, increasing to $36,727,811.
  • Student Transportation Grant, increasing to $31,101,668.

“In the fall, the board came to me concerned about their financial situation following a transportation arbitration decision that left them in a deficit,” said Clark. “I assured them that our government understands the needs of rural Ontario and the importance of efficient and effective busing services.”

As part of its commitment to rural communities, the government is increasing the student transportation grant for UCDSB by nearly $5 million.

“Our government expects the school board to continue to run an efficient transportation system, and to find efficiencies throughout their board. It’s what Ontarians expect. In turn, they can expect that we’ll stand by important services like frontline staff, busing and support for students,” said Clark.

MPP Clark also confirmed that funding remains in place for all school capital projects. “The local board has applied for approvals on a child care addition in Kemptville, as well as a school addition to North Grenville District High School,” noted Clark. “Our government continues to make important investments in our communities.”

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